Driver saves Jack Russell terrier with mouth-to-snout resuscitation
Package car driver Reynaldo Alcantara is being called a hero by his coworkers for saving the life of a dog while on his daily route.
Thanks to Reynaldo’s quick actions, knowledge of animal emergency procedures, and his love of animals, he successfully administered “mouth-to-snout” resuscitation to a choking Jack Russell Terrier. The procedure is similar to traditional mouth-to-mouth resuscitation for humans, with the main difference being that the person performing the procedure closes the dog’s mouth, and then breathes into its nose.
Reynaldo’s day was proceeding normally—until he pulled up to a delivery stop on the upper west side of Manhattan to witness a Jack Russell terrier gasping for air alongside his panicked owner. What Reynaldo couldn’t see was the small chicken bone lodged in the dog’s throat, blocking his airway. Just moments before Reynaldo’s arrival, the owner had jerked the dog’s leash in an attempt to pull the animal away from some chicken bones scattered on the sidewalk. This caused the bone that the dog already had in his mouth to become stuck in his throat.
“When I drove up, I saw the dog choking,” said Reynaldo. “The owner let me know the dog had something lodged in his throat, so I cupped my hands around the dog’s snout and blew air into the dog’s lungs. When the dog exhaled, out came the chicken bone.”
Reynaldo doesn’t consider himself a hero, and has no formal training in animal emergency resuscitation procedures. He gives all of the credit to his favorite television channel, Animal Planet.
“I learned how to perform mouth-to-snout resuscitation by watching Animal Planet,” he explained. “I love animals, and have two dogs and two cats, so there was no hesitation. Thankfully everyone went home that day.”
Reynaldo, a self-proclaimed animal lover, volunteers with People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), an animal rights organization, and also with the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA). He enjoys spending time with animals, and was happy to make this one dog’s day.
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